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Beauty shot of Circle Park under the fall colors on November 7, 2018.

Throughout April, UT’s Office of Sustainability will work with students, faculty, and campus partners to provide a range of environmentally focused events to celebrate Earth Month.

“This month provides our campus community the opportunity to work together to show the ways we can build a more sustainable culture marked by environmental stewardship and serving together as Volunteers,” said Preston Jacobsen, sustainability manager.

Events and volunteer opportunities will take place on campus and throughout Knoxville.

Here are five ways to celebrate Earth Month:

Friday, April 5, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Big Green Friday

Organized with the SGA Environment and Sustainability Committee, Big Green Friday kicks off Earth Month with three hours of giveaways, games, food, and other activities along Pedestrian Walkway. Wear green.

Tuesday, April 9, 3–5 p.m.: Environmental and Sustainability Career Mingle

In partnership with the Center for Career Development, students will learn about corporate environmental careers, impact entrepreneurship, gap year impact, and building a resume, all in a PechaKucha 20×20 format. Participants will be able to speak directly with these organizations about jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities. RSVP through Handshake is recommended.

Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m.–noon: Sustainability Day of Service

This will be the April VOLServe day with the Clay and Debbie Jones Center for Leadership and Service and is open to all UT students. Volunteers can sign up to serve at the Grow Lab and other environmental organizations throughout Knoxville. 

Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.: Earth Month Celebration

Join the UT community for the annual Earth Month Celebration on the Humanities and Social Sciences Amphitheater lawn. This event will feature dozens of organizations from UT and Knoxville as well as vendors, artisans, and businesses promoting sustainable practices. There will be free food and music.

Wednesday, April 24, 6–8 p.m.: Environmental Leadership Awards

Each year, the Office of Sustainability and the Committee for Campus Environment join to celebrate environmental leadership on campus. These awards recognize students, faculty, staff, and outstanding members of the Knoxville community who “make orange green.” All are welcome to the awards ceremony at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; an RSVP is required.

A full list of events and volunteer opportunities is available at the sustainability website.



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